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Deputy governor in Afghanistan shot through window while taking a university class

  • In this image released by the Kandahar Governor Office, Abdul Qadeem Patyall poses for a photograph in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says a deputy provincial governor has been shot dead in southern Kandahar province while he was sitting in class at a university. Thirty-two-year-old Patyall died of his injuries after a gunman opened fire on him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. (AP Photo/Kandahar Governor Office)

    In this image released by the Kandahar Governor Office, Abdul Qadeem Patyall poses for a photograph in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says a deputy provincial governor has been shot dead in southern Kandahar province while he was sitting in class at a university. Thirty-two-year-old Patyall died of his injuries after a gunman opened fire on him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. (AP Photo/Kandahar Governor Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan Shiites flagellate themselves with chains and knives during the holy day of Ashoura in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Shiites flagellate themselves with chains and knives during the holy day of Ashoura in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Afghan Shiite flagellates himself with chains and knives during the holy day of Ashoura in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    An Afghan Shiite flagellates himself with chains and knives during the holy day of Ashoura in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official says a deputy provincial governor has been shot dead in southern Kandahar province while he was sitting in class at a university.

Thirty-two-year-old Abdul Qadeem Patyall died of his injuries after a gunman opened fire on him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University, Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Monday. The attack took place late Sunday.

Patyall, who was studying to become a teacher, was seriously wounded and died later in hospital, said Khpolwak.

President Ashraf Ghani has sent condolences to Patyall's family and described his killing as a terrorist attack, the presidential palace said. A government delegation will investigate the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban insurgents have intensified anti-government activity in recent months.